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    Young couple moving to HK, best places?

    My fiance is being transferred to HK, likely in September.

    He'll be working in Central (a French bank) so we have looked at conduit road already but its a bit too disconnected from shops/bars etc and more for families than we'd like.

    We liked Kowloon but it seems a hassle to have to take the train all the time, especially as we love to socialise and go out at night and I see from another thread that living in Kowloon means leaving parties at midnight to get the last train home?

    I will also try to get a native English teacher job once we come out (with TESOL) so am I right in assuming the adult English teaching schools will be Central too?

    Our budget is 30-40k HKD..
    criteria are:
    Very modern/refurb'd (ie clean! Saw some rough old places on Conduit with stains all over the bathroom)
    Oven (very hard to find)
    c800sf (we are not too bothered about size for now, but <700sf is too small)
    Need to be able to sleep at night - so high up if it's in a noisy part of town!

    We know we would be looking at places done up especially for Western expats so the prices will skyrocket..

    I am sure I sound totally clueless, so any advice appreciated!


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    I lived in Conduit Road (and Robinson road and Caine Road) and didn't find it too family oriented. While not living in the midst of bars and shops (wouldn't have wanted to due to noise), it is very accessible to everything.

    If you are more inclined to be in a trendy bar/restaurant area, there is always Star Street in Wanchai (just next to Pacific Place if you are familiar with the terrain).

    Oh and there are also some fairly nice new buildings along Hollywood Road and thereabouts.

    Language centres are located in many areas but rarely core central due to the high rentals.

    Good luck with everything!


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    I know a few couples (with no children) living in Mid-levels around the escalator. They walk everywhere (and take the escalator up and down). The higher up the escalator you go, the less noisy it'll be. Not sure if you'll get a place with an oven there, though. Many people survive by purchasing a counter top oven.


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    For that budget you will be fine for all of your criteria for the flat itself, perhaps not the building as a whole. I live on Robinson just off the escalator and the flat was recently renovated by a western couple so is super modern and kitted out for western tastes (oven, dishwasher that sort of thing) but the building itself is pretty run down with zero facilities. We had to see a lot of rubbish before we found it though so be prepared for a bit of a slog but pretty certain you will fine.
    Personally i found the little older, recently renovated route to be better than the newer buildings with lots of facilities but you will know what suits you once you have looked around. Good luck...

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    Goldwin Heights

    You can rent a place at Goldwin Heights, 2 Seymour Road, Mid Level for less than $30K Area Gross about 1,000 sq ft.3 rooms + 2 baths. No oven. You can buy your own electric oven. Super markets, 7-11 within walking distance.
    It takes only 7-8 minutes walk to reach the bars and restaurant.
    Goldwin Heights has a Gym, Swimming pool, shuttle bus to the Central.
    Perfect place for a young couple.



    Quote Originally Posted by Tygane
    My fiance is being transferred to HK, likely in September.

    He'll be working in Central (a French bank) so we have looked at conduit road already but its a bit too disconnected from shops/bars etc and more for families than we'd like.

    We liked Kowloon but it seems a hassle to have to take the train all the time, especially as we love to socialise and go out at night and I see from another thread that living in Kowloon means leaving parties at midnight to get the last train home?

    I will also try to get a native English teacher job once we come out (with TESOL) so am I right in assuming the adult English teaching schools will be Central too?

    Our budget is 30-40k HKD..
    criteria are:
    Very modern/refurb'd (ie clean! Saw some rough old places on Conduit with stains all over the bathroom)
    Oven (very hard to find)
    c800sf (we are not too bothered about size for now, but <700sf is too small)
    Need to be able to sleep at night - so high up if it's in a noisy part of town!

    We know we would be looking at places done up especially for Western expats so the prices will skyrocket..

    I am sure I sound totally clueless, so any advice appreciated!

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    How about star street?


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    you should also consider lockhart road


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    There are taxis and minibus that you can use all night long and how often will you go out? If you are working as a NET you probably will work on Saturdays so probably wont be out late drinking. Parties for me are not as frequent as a western lifestyle, things are different here. You want to get home and relax and the escalators sometimes are under repair. Its not so fun to walk up all those steps.

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    The escalators stop at midnight too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tygane
    My fiance is being transferred to HK, likely in September.

    He'll be working in Central (a French bank) so we have looked at conduit road already but its a bit too disconnected from shops/bars etc and more for families than we'd like.

    We liked Kowloon but it seems a hassle to have to take the train all the time, especially as we love to socialise and go out at night and I see from another thread that living in Kowloon means leaving parties at midnight to get the last train home?

    I will also try to get a native English teacher job once we come out (with TESOL) so am I right in assuming the adult English teaching schools will be Central too?

    Our budget is 30-40k HKD..
    criteria are:
    Very modern/refurb'd (ie clean! Saw some rough old places on Conduit with stains all over the bathroom)
    Oven (very hard to find)
    c800sf (we are not too bothered about size for now, but <700sf is too small)
    Need to be able to sleep at night - so high up if it's in a noisy part of town!

    We know we would be looking at places done up especially for Western expats so the prices will skyrocket..

    I am sure I sound totally clueless, so any advice appreciated!
    Have you considered Belcher's...?
    Its convenient for you to work (many shops in the mall below offer classes - of which native english teachers are always in demand).
    Central is only 10-15 mins away by bus.
    All the supermarket and convenience is in the mall or just down on Belcher's street.
    LKF / Soho restaurant and bars are a short ride away on a cab.
    Belcher's has many sizes and is only about 8-10 years old. Facilities are very good.
    Not noisy at all.

    Good Luck.

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